1) How long have you worked for Triumph?
I started in April 1995
2) What education did you have prior to working for Triumph?
I completed GCSEs and had started A Levels, but left college for the opportunity to work for Triumph.
3) Why did you choose to work for Triumph?
I had an interest in anything fast with wheels, I was aware Triumph had recently moved to the area and was in it's infancy, so I thought the company would provide me with good career prospects and a good base for my career.
4) Where else have you worked within Triumph?
The Weld shop, Powder Paint and briefly in the Machine Shop
5) What work do you get involved in on a day-to-day basis at Triumph?
My role covers many different aspects of the whole business. I could be discussing delivery schedules with manufacturers, sourcing alternative products, requesting quotations, identifying alternative sources, following up with potential new opportunities or negotiating contract terms for large capital projects.
6) What role do you have within your team at Triumph and how do they help you?
I pretty much work alone in terms of my work load however I form part of the Value Engineering Team and the question is more along the lines of how I assist my team. I am able to provide technical assistance to the team, as over the years I’ve developed a strong understanding of the AS400 operating system we use. Quite often I have to use this knowledge to create reports and databases for the department to assist with their objectives.
7) What do you like best about Triumph?
I like the fact that it remains a privately owned company with John Bloor steering the business and equally there are many opportunities for staff who are prepared to put in the effort.
8) How have you progressed whilst working at Triumph?
I started way back in 1995 with just my GSCEs on my CV. Since then I’ve experienced many different jobs in Manufacturing before being given the chance to try my hand in Purchasing. I’ve dealt with many suppliers (good and bad ones) and met some interesting characters along the way. I’ve learned to be careful with whom I trust and that trust must be earned, as it is a fundamental part of any relationship; never assume that a job is complete until you know for certain and it’s never a bad thing to be well prepared. There have been many development and training opportunities provided to me, which have helped me to become not only more proficient, but also more efficient, which makes me a more valued member of the team. I am now back at college on a part time basis working towards a Professional Qualification in Purchasing which will help me to develop my career and promotional prospects within the company.
9) What did the recruitment process involve when you applied to work at Triumph?
It was a long time ago but I remember completing an application form which I believe I collected from the local job centre. I then received a letter inviting me to attend an aptitude test which led to a successful interview with Neil who was then Supervisor in the Weld Shop. I then progressed to the next stage, which was a very thorough medical examination. Seven weeks after my first visit to Triumph, I was given a starting date.
10) Describe Triumph in 3 words?
Going somewhere fast.
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